Julie Bessler

Julie Bessler is the former international security editor at Fair Observer. She is a dedicated, lifelong student and a graduate from the George Washington University, where she studied International Affairs. A classical pianist and aspiring lawyer, she previously held the position of associate editor (International Security) at Fair Observer.

Who Orchestrated the Terrorist Attacks in France?

Jan 13, 2015

France has witnessed its deadliest attack in decades, but who orchestrated it? Background On January 7, the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine infamous for its controversial depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, was attacked by armed terrorists. After killing 12 people, including two police officers, the assailants...

Crisis in the Central African Republic

Aug 06, 2014

The sectarian and humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic continues to deepen.  Background The Central African Republic (CAR), a Christian-majority country with a minority Muslim population, has been marred by violence since early 2013. What started as a coup d’état against a corrupt government in March of that year...

Post-Uprising Arms Proliferation is Destabilizing the Middle East

Feb 20, 2014

Arms proliferation is further destabilizing the Middle East and North Africa. In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the complexities of each...

Blurred Lines: When is National Security No Longer an Excuse?

Aug 09, 2013

Snowden's controversial disclosures reignite the debate over national security vs civil liberties. Background In early June, Edward Snowden, a US intelligence employee, disclosed highly classified documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post, revealing that the United States and United Kingdom had been running a highly intrusive mass electronic surveillance...

Combating Sexual Harassment in Egypt

Jul 11, 2013

Over two years since Mubarak was ousted, sexual harassment remains prevalent on the streets of Egypt. It seems like yesterday when pictures and videos surfaced of an Egyptian protestor being dragged and beaten by military forces with her veil ripped off and her blue bra exposed. I was horrified by...